Mariinsky Orchestra 1

Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | Yuja Wang

Prokofiev | Rachmaninoff | Stravinsky

Sat, 28.08. | 18.30 | No. 211319

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    Mariinsky Orchestra 1

    Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | Yuja Wang

    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Yuja Wang  piano
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Four pieces from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Petrushka. Ballet in four scenes (1947 version)

    Where is the music coming from? In Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, it seems to emanate from everywhere – near and far, left and right, front and back; at the same time, all of the swirling melodies and rhythms mix into a breathtakingly crazy melange, as if at a fairground. And that is exactly where the scenario involving the Russian version of the hapless puppet Punch is set. In this score, Stravinsky opened the window wide in the direction of Modernism by blending the musical material as if in a free collage, jump-cutting from one texture to another – all this as far back as 1911! Sergei Rachmaninoff likewise shows an unusually modern aspect in his Fourth Piano Concerto, which will be performed by our “artiste étoile” Yuja Wang: he incorporated a number of jazz-like sounds into this score. At the beginning of this all-Russian evening with the Mariinsky Orchestra and its leader Valery Gergiev, we encounter Sergei Prokofiev at his finest, in four touching and exciting pieces from Romeo and Juliet, a ballet version of the world’s most famous love story.

    Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Mariinsky Orchestra ranks among Russia’s oldest ensembles. It was founded in 1783 in St. Petersburg, during the reign of Catherine the Great, as the court orchestra. In the second half of the 19th century, the orchestra was substantially shaped by Eduard Nápravník, who regularly conducted from 1863 until 1914 and who also led the concerts of the Imperial Russian Music Society for many years. The ensemble’s extraordinary quality attracted musicians from all over the world, including such composers as Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler, and Sergei Rachmaninoff and conductors like Hans von Bülow and Arthur Nikisch. Many milestones of the repertoire have been premiered by the Mariinsky Orchestra, including operas and ballets by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian. In 1935, during the Soviet era, the ensemble and its regular house (the Mariinsky Theater) were renamed the Kirov Orchestra and the Kirov Theater, respectively, after the murdered Leningrad Secretary of the Communist Party. The original names were reactivated after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Evgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov, and Yuri Temirkanov number among the conductors who decisively shaped the Mariinsky Orchestra in the 20th century. Since 1988 the orchestra has been led by Valery Gergiev, who has significantly expanded its repertoire and who has also performed such previously overlooked composers as Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Henze, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina, and Kancheli; Gergiev has especially become known for leading his musicians in regular performances around the world, from the most important festivals to the major music centers. Since 2009 the orchestra has released its recordings on its own Mariinsky house label. Global Partners of the Mariinsky Theatre: VTB Bank, Yoko Ceschina, Sberbank.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2000 in works by Bartók, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky/Ravel conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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    Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev, who was born in 1953 in Moscow and grew up in the Caucasus, studied at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music with Ilya Musin and launched his career in 1977 with his victory at the Karajan Competition in Berlin. In the following year, he began his collaboration with the Kirov Opera (now known as the Mariinsky Theater), where he made his debut with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Gergiev was named Artistic Director in 1988 and General Director in 1996; this position is associated with his lead-ership of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons Festivals as well. He has toured with the Mariinsky Ensemble to Japan, China, Israel, and the United States, as well as to many of the European music centers. In 2006 he inaugurated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg constructed specifically for the Mariinsky Orchestra. This was followed in 2013 by the opening of a second, new opera house. In 1994 Valery Gergiev made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he served as First Guest Conductor from 1997 to 2008. From 1995 to 2007 he also helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 2007 to 2015 he was the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since the fall of 2015, Gergiev has been Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. He has also guest conducted the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2019 with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Gergiev serves as Chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Com-petition and directs the Moscow Easter Festival. His native country has honored him with the Shostakovich Award and the People’s Artist of Russia Award; in 2006 he received the Polar Music Prize and the Karajan Music Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kancheli and Beethoven.

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    Yuja Wang

    Born in 1987 in Beijing, the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang began learning piano at the age of six. She initially studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in her native city, transferring when she was 14 to the Mount Royal College in Calgary, Canada, and, one year later, to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she became a student of Gary Graffman and graduated in 2008. Wang made her debut with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in 2003, after which she appeared with major American ensembles, including the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Yuja Wang collaborates with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Paris, the Filarmonica della Scala, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the 2018-19 season, she was artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, and at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. She traveled with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev to Asia and also toured Europe with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. In March 2019, Wang gave the world premiere of John Adams’s new Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. She appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic in June 2019 at the storied Summer Night Concert at Schlosspark Schönbrunn. Wang has enjoyed a long-lasting partnership with the violinist Leonidas Kavakos, with whom she has recorded the complete Brahms sonatas. Her latest releases are The Berlin Recital, an album of works by composers including Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev; and a CD with the clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer. The magazine Musical America chose Yuja Wang as Artist of the Year in 2017.

    Lucerne Festival debut in August 2009 performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium 
    with Malte Lohmann (in German)